REPORT FOR THE
CONGRÉGATION DE NOTRE-DAME,
The EDITH and LORNE PIERCE
COLLECTION of CANADI ANA
Queeris University at Kingston
J. i JL
REPORT FOR THE
CONGREGATION DE NOTRE-DAME,
HOLY TABERNACLE ASSOCIATION.
In beginning this Second Animal Keport of our dear
" Holy Tabernacle Association " we feel it to be an impe-
rative duty to express our gratitude. , Yes, deep, heartfelt
gratitude ; first, to God, who deigned to look with pleasure
on the anxiety we felt for the neatness, the cleanliness, we
dare not say, the glory of His Sacred Altars. Our un-
easiness touched His Sacred Heart, and He blessed our
little Association, sending us a large number of new mem-
bers, consequently increasing our resources, and enabling
us to extend the sphère of our beneficent charity. (1) To
Him then above ail, and for ail, bc om- grateful homage.
Secondly, to you dear Associates, wh -se indefatigable zeal 3
persevering charitf, love for the Eucharistie God, and de-
votedness to ail that relates to His glory hâve drawn down
upon our work the choicest favors of heaven. It was im-
possible for the Divine Goodness to behold your activity,
your constancy and not associate Himself to your efforts,
so it is to your generous actions we owe His assistance,
and consequently the wonderful success which this Report
will fully prove. -Thanks then to you once more, and
thanks to ail those who by their prayers or by their. words
hâve been the helpers of our dear Association. As we hâve
before said, the word of God cannot be without effect, and
if He has promised so great a reward to those who, for His
love, give food and sheUer and consolation to the poor, the
houseless and the afflicted ; how much greater and super -
abundant will be that granted to those who by their labors
and their alms assist in person the Divine Mendicant of
our Tabernacles ! Yes, dear Associates ! Jésus Himself
stretches forth His hand to us saying : u I am in need,
help me, " then raising up towards heaven that hand which
you hâve filled with loving gifts, Hq says to God : cc My
Father ! Thy children of earth hâve given food and raiment
to Thy Son from Heaven. Bless then Thy children of earth
at the request of Thy well-beloved Son. " Thèse thoughts
(1) 99 Parish Churches and 12 Chapels in 17 différent Diocèses,
hâve, during the course of the year 1876, received assistance from
the " Holy Tabernacle Association. "
force us to Write what is almost unnecessary, so well are
wc aware of your excellent dispositions ; but our ardent
désire to sec you reçoive a stil more abundant share of
heavenly blessings, inspires us to say : Courage dear Asso-
ciates; yes, courage for your own happiness 1 Courage for the
prosperity of our dear Association ! Courage for the love
of the Most Blessed Sacrament ! Courage for the consola-
tion of the Sacred Ileart of Jésus ! And as the Immaculate
Virgin so happily said to the shcpherdess of Lourdes, so
we now say to you : u I promise you that God will make
you happy, if not in this world, at least in the next, where
alonc truc happiness is found.
HEPOrçr FOR THE YE/R 1876,
This year, 1876, began for the Holy Tabernacle Asso-
ciation, by a séries of favors which led us to hope for the
most magnificent results. In January, several kind bene-
factors sent handsome New Year's gifts in the shape of silk
dresses, pièces of linen and lace, and sums of money. Then,
the number of our Associates and active members was con-
siderably increased. Several of the first Catholic ladies in
the city, anxious to fulfil the duty of good example imposed
upon them by their position, most faithfully attended on
the appointed sewing days, contributmg time and labor and
money. His Lordship Bishop Fabre honored one of our
meetings by his présence, and warmly felicitated the Asso-
ciates on their zeal and persévérance. A few weeks later,
came His Lordship Bishop Healy of Portland, bringing to
us gifts, and blessings, and congratutations. So many
marks of interest and approbation being considered évident
proofs of the importance of our work, it was thonght advis-
able to give to its principal and most devoted co-operators,
a new title and increased favors. For this purpose the
Directress of the Association having consul ted His Lordship
the Bishop of Montréal, addressed to each of the Associates
the following circular :
TO THE PIOUS AND CHARITABLE SOULS WHO ARE ANXIOUS FOR THE
SUGCESS OF THE " HOLY TABERNACLE ASSOCIATION."
Gentlemen and Ladies,
The great development which our " Holy Tabernacle
Association " has already attained, being patronized by
large numbers of the most distingaished citizens of Mon-
tréal and neigbboring cities, leads us to hope that you will
look with favor upon our new project, which has the spécial
blessing and approbation of His Lordship the Bis hop of
Montréal It is, to open, this year, a List of Extraordinary
Benefactors of our Association whick is so dear to the
Sacred Heart of Jésus. This title may be acquired by any
person who will agrée to pay $25.00 every year for four
years. In return, the Association promises to hâve the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated for them every month,
as long as the Society shall be in existence.
Having been so far, very sucessful, I am hopeful of
meeting with the approbation of ail, and bog to subscribe
Gentlemen and Ladies,
Your very humble servant,
The Directress of the H. T. A.
The project was well received, for twelve devoted friends
of the Blessed Sacrament at once sent in their first sub-
scribtion , several others followed, and we are quite sure, .
that ère long, a host of others will do likewise. While our
fnnds were being thus increased, very many active and
willing hands were busy multiplying the number of sacred
vestments and adding to the stores of altar linen in prépa-
ration to be distributed to poor churches. We should like
to mention the names of a large number of membars, whose
devotedness and fidelity are bsyond ail praise ; but having
made for ourselves a rule never to do so, we must be silent.
Besides, our dearest Lord knows them, for it is our conso-
lation to repeat their names in His présence, and to ask
for them a hundred fold reward. Yes, a hundred fold
reward will most assuredly be given them for their loving
labors of each week ; for the trouble they take to collect
subscriptions, to solicit alms, to cnlist new members, to
turn to good account so many articles, which in less skilful
hands, would certainly be lost. The Immaculate Mother
of God will Herself pay the wages of Her dear Son's la-
It is not surprising that so much activity and persévé-
rance produced great results. The exhibition of vestments
and other articles for Church use was a magnificent proof
of this. This exhibition we shall now fully describe :
Several wecks previous. a notice appeared in the city
catholic newspapers both French and English. The follow-
ing is translated from a French paper.
Exhibition at the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, June 8
1876. The- Annual Exhibition of Vestments, Altar linen
and Sacred vessels destined by the u Holy Tabernacle As-
sociation " for the poor churches and parishes that hâve
bcen recommended to it, will be held on the 8 th., 9ih and
lOth of June, in the hall of the Congrégation de Notre-
Dame. This exhibition will be opened on Thursday the
8th instant at 3 P. M., when His Lordship the Bishop of
Montréal will consecratc the Sacred vessels and bless the
vestments. It will be closed on the foilowing Saturday, at
The Holy Tabernacle Association is now too well known
and too highly appreciated to require any long appeal in
its favor. Nevertheless, we most carnestly invite those gc-
nerous soûls, who are lovers of every good work, to visit
this exhibition of articles for church use, where they will
behold the astonishing results of the alms, the labors and
the industrious and persevering economy of the devoted
friends of our Lord.
It will be impossible for the Catholic visitor to behold
this magnificent collection of precious articles, and not hear
a powerful interior voice calling for assistance for the
oreater development of this splendid Association, which is
specially destined to adorn the Altars of the Living God,
and render them less unworthy of His Adorable Présence.
The True Wiïness of June 8th said :
EXHIBITION OF CHURCH ORNAMENTS, SACRED VESTMENTS, &G.
The annual exhibition given by the " Society of the Ta-
bernacle" ofsacred vessels, church orn amen ts, and sacred
vestments, etc., will take place at the rooms of the Congre,
gation of Notre Dame, St. Jean-Baptiste Street, Montreal-
on the 8th, 9th and lOth of June, instant, commencing at
3 P.M., each day. The bénédiction and consécration of
the sacred articles will be performed by His Lordship, the
Bishop of Montréal, on the first day of the exhibition. Ail
are invited to attend.
The articles distributed are contributed by the members
of the Society, who pay an annual fee of fifty cents, and
they are destined for gratuitous distribution among poor
clergymen and needy parishes, where without the assistance
of this society, the Divine services would be performed in a
manner unworthy of the Majesty of our Lord. In looking
over the names of the members of this most worthy society,
we regret that there are very few of our countrymcn ins-
cribed in its ranks ; on making this remark, we were told
that it was not much known among the Englishspeaking
Catholics of this coantry, we regret this, and we hope that
our friends will go and see the exhibition, become members
of the society, and make known to their friends its useful
and eminently praiseworthy objects.
On the appointed day, a large and distinguislied audience
were présent to witness the opening cérémonies. The
Minerve having published a detailed account of the pro-
ceedings, we translate from that paper : —
Yesterday afternoon, the Annual Exhibition of the
"■ Holy Tabernacle Association " was opened in the Hall of
the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, St. Jean Baptiste Street.
As is well known, the object of this praiseworthy Associa-
tion is to corne to the assistance of poor churches and pa-
rishes, by providing them with what is indispensable for the
célébration of the Divine Mysteries. On enter ing the large
Hall, we were struck with the number and variety of
articles exhibited. Some of the chasubles and sacred vessels
are richly ornamented, ail are of finished workmanship. It
would be impossible to form an adéquate idea of the im-
mense amount of labor, involved in the making of the
alniost endless variety of vestments and altar linen which
met our view. Somc were generous donations froin the
proprietors of our church stores, but ail the others were
made by the Ladies of the Association, or by the Pupils of
the Congrégation, in this city, and in a few of their
At half past three, His Lordship the Bishop of Montréal
entered the Hall. Notwithstanding his weakstate of health,
our kind Bishop would be présent, to give still another
mark of interest in an undertaking, which he had himself
founded, and which is so dear to him. He was accom-
panied by Révérend Canons Plamondon, Dufresne, Edmond
Moreau and a large number of clergymen.
Among the laity présent were His Worship Mayor
Hingston, Mr. Alfred Larocque, Sr., Sheriff Leblanc and
His Lordship expressed himself highly pleased with the
Exhibition. He had visited several of a like nature in
Rome, and yet he had never seen so large nor so rich a
collection as the présent one. He specially congratulated
the Ladies who had devoted themselves to supply poor
churches with what is requisitefor the célébration of Divine
Service, exhorting them to persévère in their noble efforts,
and remindiog them that they were continuing the Blessed
Virgin's labor of love, clothing our Divine Lord as She had
done during His sojourn on earth. He assured them that
by fulfilling their splendid mission, they were laying up
treasures for themselves in the kingdom of God, who had
promised a spécial recompense to those whose charity would
lead them to assist their less favored brethren.
His Lordship then performed the ceremony of consecrat-
iDg and blessing the Sacred articles.
A choir of young ladies, former pupils of the Congréga-
tion very effectively rendered a pièce of vocal music appro-
priate to the occasion.
Then followed an address remarkable for beauty of style
and delicacy of feeling. It was read by a former pupil, in
the narac of ail the Members of the Association :
In tendering our sincère thanks for the honor conferred
upon us by your Lordship's présence hère to-day, we also
wish to take advantage of this auspicious event to recall the
humble beginnings of a work visibly blessed by Providence.
In June 1866 while the Children of Mary of the Con-
grégation of Notre Dame were making up altar linens for
poor churches, a pious prkst sought to awaken renewed
zeal in this time-honored custom by reminding his hearers
of the destitute condition of some country churches, and
the sad straits to which necessity often brought poor mis-
sionaries ; tins taie of woe found an écho in a devoted
daughter of Mother Bourgeois ; this zealous religious fully
imbued with the tradition al spirit of that revered Found-
ress whose one motto was u Charity " sought to exercise
this heaven blessed virtue towards the Divine Prisoner who
through boundless love for man, " on earthly shrines ro-
A plan was soon drawn up and submitted to the head
of the Diocèse who lent a willing hand in this labour of
love; your Lordship's blessing is a forerunner of success,
the clergy answered the appeal after the Diocesan retreat,
the priests were registered amongst the first members,
since that the good work has spread to twenty diocèses and
it reckous thirteen hundred associâtes.
This glance at the last ten years reveals more than one
vacancy among the earnest promoters of the Tabernacle
Society. The valiant soûl who founded it, fought unto the
last the good fight of the Lord's chosen ones, her heavenly
Patron was that Blessed Spirit whom the church désignâtes
a standing at the right hand of the altar of Incense, " This
glorious archangel will hâve unfolded to the Faitful Spouse
the glories of that Heavenly Home where her loving children
often raise their sorrowing hearts. Some months ago a
worthy successor was also called to her reward. Thèse trials
may sadden us, my Lord, but they likewise strengthen the
mighty bonds that bind us to the Congrégation of Notre
Datne. This spécial realm of Mary has been for many the
home of their youth, and for ail the guardian of our holiest
What pious thoughts crowd upon us, when after an
interval of two centuries we can meet on the same spot
where Jeanne Le Ber worked and prayed unceasingly for
twenty years. Your Lordship knows full well how deeply
rooted Mother Bourgeois' teachings are throughout this
country : we, her favored children reap the golden harvest
of filial gratitude ; family ties are not easily sundered, so
amidst the world's ways, a sacred guidance seeks to remind
us of hîgher aims, while pious lives and religious isimplicity
are daily proofs that a Saintly Foundress bequeathed a still
living spirit to her daughters.
We can simply hope for a continuation of thèse good
things, so we dailv pray that our Immaculate Mother, may
prosper our humble efforts, that they may spread far and
wide from this blessed centre the Congrégation of Notre-
Dame of Ville Marie : for this purpose we turn as ever to
your Lordship's spécial patronage and claim a blessing for
our numerous benefactors. The Sodalists of Notre Dame
des Victoires hâve always been the most indefatigable as-
sistants, this décade of untiring zeal deserves a grateful
mention, else we would not havè singled them out.
Once more, My Lord, our heartfelt thanks are due to
your Lordship, need we add that your Lordship's words of
encouragement are a coveted reward. May the Sacred
Heart of Jésus repay our debt of gratitude by showering
upon our revered Prelate the choicest blessings.
His Lordship replied in his usual happy manner, and
alluding to the wishes expressed in the address, said that
he too hoped the day was not for distant, when Sister Mar-
garet Bourgeoys, the pious Foundress of the Congrégation
de Motre-Dame, would be venerated on our altars.
AH présent then repaired to the convent chapel, where
His Lordship gave Solemn Bénédiction of the Blessed Sa-
crament. The singing by the community choir was very
fine. As it would be impossible, after our short visit to
the Exhibition, to give an exact account of everything it
contained, and as we are most anxious to relate the wonders
worked by the " Holy Tabernacle Association, " we append
a complète lût.
3 Holy Water Fonts with
3 Sets Altar Cards
1 Missal Stand
5 Sets of Altar Cruets
3 Oil Stocks
12 Confession Stoles
10 Réversible Stoles
21 Bénédiction Stoles
8 Bénédiction Veils
13 Pyx Covers
10 Boxes for Altar Breads
21 Pyx Cases for the Sick
22 Bénédiction Burses
12 Missal Marks
10 Cases for the Sick
24 Ribbons for Tabernacle
3 Burial Stoles
10 Small Candlesicks
3 Crowns for Statues
8 Tabernacle Veils
10 Ciboriura Veils
24 Amict Ribbons
6 Ostensorium Veils
18 Missal Stand Covers
36 Alb Cinctures
312 Finger Towels
27 Bénédiction Corporals
35 Linen Palis
52 Altar Cloths
10 Communion Cloths
52 Stole Linens
11 Chrism Cloths
As our Associates will, no doubt, be glad to hear who
were benefitted by the treasures of the Society, we now
give a complète List of the Parishes, Churches and Chapels
which it was our great happiness to assist during the year
DIOCESE OF MONTREAL.
St. Théodore of Chertsey
St Antony Abbot
St. Emmelia of Energy
St Stephen of Beauharnois
St. Ambrose of Kildare
St. Patrick of Rawdon
Sisters of Providence, City
Sisters of Good Shepherd,
Sniall Pox Hospital
Grey Nuns of Varennes
Grey Nuns of Longueuil
Sisters of Providence of
St. Damian of Brandon
Brothers of St Vinc. of Paul
Deaf and Dumb Asyluni
Chapel of Our Lady of Ange
St. John of Matha
St. John Chryeostom
ARCH. DIOCESE OF QUEBEC.
St. Dominick | St. Placidus
DIOCESE OF THREE-R1VERS.
St. Paul of Chester
Christian Brothers of Artha-
Our Lady of Mount Garmel
St. Sophie of Lévrard
DIOCESE OF ST. HYACINTH.
St. Joachim of Shefford
St. Agatha of Beresford
DIOCESE OF SHERBROOK
His Lordship the Bishop of
The Grey Nuns
St. Venantius Hereford
DIOCESE OF OTTAWA
Lake Temiskamingue, Hud
DIOCESE OF RIMOUSKI
St. Paul of tho Croes
St. Francis Xavier
Our Lady of Seven Dolors
DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTETOWN (P.E.L)
DIOCESE OF ARICHAT. C. B.
DIOCESE OF CHATHAM
St. Louis of Kent
St. Francis of Madawaska
Madawaska St. Basil's
DIOCESE OF FLORIDA.
DIOCESE OF NEWARK N. J.
DIOCESE OF BURLINGTON
DIOCESE OF OGDENSBURG
Ogdensburg | Redwood
DIOCESE OF COVINGTON
APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF KANSAS
ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. BONIFACE
Winnipeg | Tulalipe
Besides twelve small chapels, making a total of seven-
teen Diocèses and Ninety-nine Parishes.
Our gifts were not bestowed up on ungrateful hearts. We
hâve receivcd from a large number of Priests, our venera-
ted and obliged récipients, letters replète with the liveliest
expressions of gratitude. As they belong, by right, to our
dear Associates, we shall now give a few extracts from
thèse letters, sure that a knowledge of the pleasure afforded
by their donations and labors, will increase their zeal and
devotedness. It is so sweet to feel that we hâve donc some
good, and afforded some happiness to others.
On last Wednesday I received the parcel, which the
Directress of the Holy Tabernacle Association was kind
enough to forward for the paîish of St. Our
gratitude is very great, and we should like to hâve the
opportunity of expressing it personally to ail, who hâve had
any share in this act of kindness and charity to us. The
parishioners of St as well as their Parish Priest,
are poor in money, but rich enough in grateful feelings to
ask of God to shower down His choicest blessings on our
I remain, &o.
According to your désire, I hasten to acknowledge the
receipt of the parcel from the " Holy Tabernacle Associa-
tion," for my poor church in Key West. May our Divine
Master continue to bless your noble efforts in the holy
cause of providing what is necessary for the célébration of
the Adorable Sacrifice of the Altar in poor churches. Hop-
ing you will believe in the sincerity of my grateful senti-
I remain, &c.
I received, last week, the articles you forwarded to me
for the Church of Accept my sincère thanks,
and please beleive in my best wishes for the success of the
u Holy Tabernacle Association."
Very truly yours.
My dear Sister,
I hâve just received the Set of Green Vestments which
I had asked for, and which was so much needed in our
poor little Mission of St. Paul's. It is almost needless to
say how pleased I was, and how fervently I thanked God
for inspiring you with so much generosity and devotedness
in coming to our assistance.
I remain, &c.
I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of the several articles
you were kind enough to send me from the Holy Taberna-
cle Association on the 24th of June last. In return, please
to accept my sincère thanks for yourself, and for those
pious and charitable persons who are constantly engaged in
what is so agreeable to God.
1 hâve the honor to be, &c, &c.
I received, in good order, the parcel you sent me. Be
so kind as to présent my thanks to the good Ladies of the
Congrégation de Notre Dame, Montréal, who dévote them-
selves with so much zeal to provide poor Missions with
what is necessarv for Divine worship.
I am, with respect, Yours, &c.
My very dear Sister,
I am happy to acknowledge the receipt of the magnifî-
cent gift which your kind community sent to one of my
poor missions. Rest assured, that the first time I shall
celebrate Mass with those vestments, you and your good
sisters shall hâve a large share in the Mémento for the Liv-
ing, in order that God may continue to provide you with
means of which you make such excellent use.
I remain, &c.
It is with deep gratitude and great happiness that I ac-
knowledge the receipt of magnificent vestments from the
Holy Tabernacle Association. In return for this favor, I
sliall do my utinost to make your admirable Society better
Very rcspectfully yours.
I received, with great pleasure, the Chasuble you sent
me. It is, no doubt, blessed ; if not, please let me know
before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I am
truly grateful to the Society which is a source of so much
Very truly yours,
M a dam,
I beg to apologize for not having sooner acknowleged the
receipt of what you were kind enough to send me for my
missions of the Magdalen Islands. I thank you most sin-
ccrely, and I shall ask of God to reward your generosity,
I showed ail to my parishioners, who were astonished at the'
richness of the donation. Indeed, I was far from expecting
so many things which are however ail necessary. Once
again, let me say how grateful I am.
I hâve the honor to be, &c.
It is my duty to day, to thank you in the name of the
Catholics of this place for the handsome présent of vest-
ments which we received from the Association of which
you are the Directress. The value of thèse vestments is
about one hundred and thirty dollars which is an ample
proof of the excellence of the Society which you direct, and
of the great assistance it renders, each year, to the poor
missions ofour diocèse. Charitable persons should do ail
in their pojver to assist you.
Deign to accept our best wishes for the prosperity of
your Association, and believe in the assurance of our lively
Very sincerely yours.
T wenty other extracts might bc given but our space will
not allow us. Almost every letter of thanks con tains a new
request. This must encourage us to make renewed efforts.
Who will not be filled with zeal after reading the following
éloquent appeal from a mother in favor of lier son who is a
ïo the lady dlrectress of the holy
Having heard of the great advantages to be derived from
becoming members of the Holy Tabernacle Association
whieh assists poor missions, I thoughl you would be good.
enough to accept of the following names and the enclosed
contributions. The object of thèse Associates is to corne
to the assistance of Révérend Missionary
Priest on the Island of Anti'costi and part of Labrador.
You will hâve some idea of the poverty and extent of his
missions when I tell you that they are eleven in number,
and that they extend from two hundred to two hundred and
forty miles on the North Shore, including St. Margaret,
Moisic, Seven Islands, &c.
Of thèse eleven stations, only two hâve Chapels : Moisic
and St. John, both are entirely devoid of altar linen, vest-
ments and Sacred Vessels ; in a word, of every thing neces-
sary for the célébration of the Holy Sacrifice -of the Mass.
The poor Missionary must carry from place to place, the
single white vestment which he possesses ; and travelling
there, is by no means easy, for there are ne;ther horses, nor
vehtcles, not even roads. In summer, he may go in a barge
or on foot by the sea shore ; in winter, on snow shoes, when
the snow is deep enough, or drawn in a sied by dogs, when
the weather is very cold. Tt is most inconvénient to hâve
any baggage. If this poor priest had a few sets of vestments,
he might leave some at his principal missions, and thus
travel with greater facility, but above ail, be able to treat
Our Lord with greater révérence. The people on the North
Shore are in a state of extrême poverty. Their only re-
sources are hunting and fishing, and for the last few years
both of thèse hâve completely failed. The soil might be
cultivated, but the inhabitants hâve not the necessary im-
plements,_ nor the means to purchase them.
On the Island of Anticosti, within an extent of about
three hundrcd miles, there are eight or ten posis to be
visited by the missionary priest during the nionths of June,
July and August. The poverty of the people hère is still
greater. There is no chapel at ail ; and, on the 4th of last
November, when ail communication with the island and the
mainland ceased for a period of five or six months, the poor
missionary was obliged to leave quite a number of families
in the greatest distress, separated, as it were, from the en-
tire world. What his feelings were cannot be described,
any more than thehardships, the dangers and the privations
to which he is constantly exposed. This, the most extensive
mission in the Province, belongs to the diocèse of Rimouski,
which is the poorest of ail diocèses, and one in which every-
thing lias yet to be done, without either means or help to
do it. Please excuse the length of this letter. My object
in giving you so many détails is to excite your interest in
favor of thèse poor, far distant missions. I hâve the honor
of being acquainted with your Révérend Mother Assistant
General whom 1 had the pleasure of meeting at St. Roch's
Convent in last October, and to whom I made known my
intention of apply ingto the " Holy Tabernacle Association."
The Révérend Lady was kind enough to encourage me,
and to promise me lier assistance ; so, for ail référence, you
will please apply to her whose name is so high a recommen-
dation for me. The missionary for whom I am soliciting
aid is my son. Ile could not do so himself this year, as
there will be no means whatever of communication. during
the whole winter, and his letter would only reach you in
spring when it would be too late, I thought I would apply
for him, relying on the pis^tection of the very Révérend
Believe, me, Révérend Madam,
Very respectfully yours,
To work then, once more, generous friends of Him who
dwells within our Tabernacles ! To work with renewed
ardor ! Increase your gifts ! Redouble your activity ! Let
consolation and joy go forth from our dear Association to
ail those that need them : and let us strive to obtain new
members and new laborers with whom we may share the
happiness, as well as the spiritual riches, of our cherished
We subjoin, for the information of ail, the following
détails, which give the object, the means, and the advan-
tages of tho (i Holy Tabernacle Association."
lst. Gentlemen as well as Ladies are received as mem-
bers of this Association. Children also, and it will be
found an effectuai means of drawing down upon them the
choicest blessings of Heaven,
2nd. Ticket of Admission to the Holy Tabernacle Asso-
ciation. Established in Canada by His Lordship the
Right Révérend I. Bourget, Bishop of Montréal, under the
spécial patronage of our Lady of Fil y.
In réparation of the outrages Our Lord and Savior
received during His Passion, and of those Hedaily receives
in the Holy Sacrament of our Altars.
Annual contribution of each member, 50 cents.
lo. The spécial object of this Society is to assist the
Churches and poor Missions, by prosuring for them the
linen, vestments, &c, &c, &c, according to the funds of
2o. The funds of the Society are lo. The annual contri-
butions of each member, 2s. 6d. 2o. Whatever resources
the zeal and industry of each member may offer. 3o.
Besides thèse, the Society will gratefully receive any
article that may be utilized aud made serviceable. for Chur-
3o. The Church of Our Lady of Pity in Montréal is the
centre of this Association ; and to become a member of it,
the name of the person admitted most be inscribed on the
Registry which is kept in the Community of the Congré-
gation de Notre-Dame, and, from there, receive a Ticket of
4o. To honor Our Lord's présence in the Holy Sacra-
ment, and in remembrance of the Dolors of the Blessed
Virgin, the associâtes will, each hour during the day, say :
11 Praise, Love, and Adoration be given to Jésus in the
Holy Sacrament. Holy Mary Mother of sorrows, pray for
5o. The lst and 3rd Friday of each month, the work
room in thc basemcnt ef the Chapel of Our Lady of Pity,
will be open to the Lady meinbers of the Society, who can
there assemble and dévote a part of their time to assist in
inaking the vestmcnts, &c., <fcc, &. To convenience a greater
nuniber who may wish to participate in this good and meri-
torious work, the door will remain open from 8 to H a. m.
and from 1 to 5 p. m., for the above mentioned days.
6o. The Society will each year give a full account of its
progress, the gifts received and alms distributed by it to
the différent Churches and Missions.
The pupils of Religious establishments can hâve the
privilège of being members of the Asoociation, provided
they, each year, collectively, send to the Society their con-
tributions which cannot be less than $10.
There is a Mass celebrated in the Church of Our Lady
of Pity, every month for the associâtes.
3rd. The donations made by the Association are for the
Parish Churches, Chapeîs, &c, and not for the Parish
Priests. We beg to call the attention of Parishioners to
this, as a strong motive to subscribe to this good work.
4th. We particularly request ail those who receive any-
thing from the Association, to let us know of its safe arri-
vai, as soon as convenient.
5th. The annual exhibition takes place in the month of
June. Due notice of the particular days will be given in
the city newspapers.
6th. Ctergymen unable to pay the full value for vest-
ments, &c, may give according to their means, and thus
help to keep up thc Association.
1434 members hâve been enrolled in our Society. Their
contributions hâve amounted to $2600.00, by means of
which, we hâve been enabled to corne to the assistance of
those whose wants were most pressing. We hâve every
reason to hope that our resources will continue to augment,
so that we may meet the many demands coming to us from
so many places. Dear Associates, let un unité our prayers
and good works to obtain this most désirable end.
A new favor has just been granted to the " Holy Taber-
nacle Association." The following letter from II is Lord-
ship Bishop de Segur will explain it. Further détails may
be had from the Directress of the Association.
May the heavenly grâces so freely offered to us, encour-
age us to niake greater efforts to do good.
Paris, December 21 st, 1877.
« CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION OF ST. FRANCIS OF SALES."
SECRETARY GENERAL' S OFFICE, 11, ST. MARY'S PASSAGE,
To His Lordship The Bishop of Montréal, (Canada).
In reply to Your Lordship's désire, as well as to that of
the worthy Diocesan Director you were kind enough to
give us, I .hasten to inform you officially, in the name of
the Central Council of the Association that your tl Holy
Tabernacle Association'* with its Statutes now forms part
of the General Association and that the Six Penny contri-
bution is included in the twelve and a half francs paid to
The Associates hâve a right to ail the Indulgences, past,
présent and future of St. Francis of Sales, provided they
say daily, the short prayer with the invocation to the Holy
Wishing Your Lordship and his holy Diocèse, ail the
blessings of the Divine Infant and of His Spotless Mother
for the coming NewYear.
I hâve the honor to be, My Lord, most respectfully and
affectionately, Your devoted servant,
f L. G. de SEGUR,
Canon, Bishop of St. Denis Chapter, Président General
of the Association.